Just Thai Thai, Brockley Road

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18 comments:

Richard Elliot said...

They had some of my spicey street food favourites such as Som Tum and Larb Gai. I thought the food was good, but the resturant was quite cold.

I gave it a little review on my blog back in December.

Anonymous said...

I have visited the place once or twice, but was not at all impressed. It has not developed much of a following.

Richard said...

For obvious reasons I won't make a habit of commenting on local eateries, but for some reason it feels ok to do so with Just Thai Thai. I think the reason is just as anon says - it doesn't have much of a local following; it doesn't feel to me part of my Brockley.

That's not to say I didn't like the place - the main courses my girlfriend and I had were very good and tasted freshly cooked. The manageress was sweet and helpful.

I would say, though, that they don't have a welcoming exterior and although the design and feel of the interior is a welcome change, the light level makes it look a little tired and dreary. The plasma TV doesn't help either.

Also, as fresh as our mains seemed, the sharer starter tasted as if mostly fried from frozen. I could be wrong, but if it was cooked from fresh there was little distinguishable flavour.

Overall, a nice place with nice food, but with important improvements needed to impress Brockleyites, to create that following, and ultimately to establish a sustainable business.

spincat said...

I went a while back with a friend - not sure why I haven't been back; the food was pretty good. The interior was attractive and I noticed they's improved the table layout last time I walked past. But the comments are right - for some reason it hasn't developed much of a following and I think the point about the exterior is spot on - I often feel slight forboding about going in as it looks slightly dark and empty from the outside.

I would actually pop in for a lunch or snack (it describes itself as a cafe too) if maybe the exterior were more welcoming and it was somehow a bit clearer what to expect inside : is it a cafe in the sense that it does coffee, for example? I can be reluctant to go into an empty place if not sure whether or not I'd feel I'd 'have' to order a meal. I am just trying to analyse why I don't go in...

Anonymous said...

Not as good a Smiles.

Maradoll said...

I found the food great, and would be quite happy to get takeaway from here at anytime.

I agree with Richard on the heat front. Whilst I'm sure that the heating was cranked up, the dining room was still exceptionally cold (December) and I found that I had to eat with my jacket on. It's kind of gutting when your food (no matter how good it is) goes from hot to cold quicker than it should.

Thus take away or summer dining only for me please....

JPM said...

A dreadful smell of damp is all I remember about this place. That and the cold... it didn't seem to have any heating.

Anonymous said...

I agree about the damp and the cold. My husband and I have eaten there three times. The first time we went, soon after they opened, the food was excellent. Everything was fresh and the mango sticky rice they served for dessert was alone worth a return visit. On the two subsequent visits, the food was worse than the time before. I haven't been back I'm afraid, though I do try to support the local establishments as much as possible.

Richard Elliot said...

Mmmmmmm, Mango and Sticky rice, the finest Thai desert. I don't think it was on the menu when I went.

ElijahBailey said...

Never eaten there as I have never had reason to opt for anything other than Thailand in New Cross. That is a great place. I have been past JTT a load of times and have never felt any inclination to go there.

brockley mutha said...

went way back when it first opened and enjoyed it. It was fairly busy, decor was charming, the staff were lovely and the food fairly good. haven't been back since - but we've had a couple of takeaways that were OK.

Danja said...

Yep, why go elsewhere than Thailand (even after the new owner did his best to ruin it, it is still head and shoulders better than the likes of JTT).

Maggie said...

Went for a takeaway the other night and sat in the freezing cold dining room for half an hour waiting for what turned out to be very unimpressive food. My Matsman curry, which I'd had before from JTT and enjoyed, had a strange, charred taste to it and I ended up throwing most of it away. My other half's pad thai was ok but all stuck together and stodgy-looking - perhaps the fate of all boxed-up noodle dishes, I suppose.

There was barely anyone in there, which didn't help the atmosphere; there were a couple of guys eating and the waitress / manageress kept going to sit on one of the men's laps, which didn't strike me as terribly professional. Neither did the fact that the only thing to read whilst waiting were various old copies of The Sun.

When I first moved to the area I thought the look of the place was unusual and interesting but having had more than enough time whilst waiting to inspect the place (and to try and work out why there was no warmth at all) I now think it's a nice idea gone completely shabby. Not recommended from my end.

Headhunter said...

Went here in Jan 08. Didn't partiularly notice that it was cold, but the interior, although quirkily decorated (in a good way), looks like it could do with sprucing up.

When we arrived the waitress asked us if we'd like prawn crackers (before handing us the menu), I said yes, expecting that they wouldn't cost much but was a little surprisd to see that for about 10 prawn crackers and a small egg cup of Bombay mix we were charged about GBP3.50 or more (can't remember the exact amount - if you ever go, just say no to the prawn crackers!

Our waitress was nice enough but barely spoke English and messed up our order bringing 3 starters for 2 of us (2xsoups and another). The soup was nice enough but was clearly made from a can of tomato soup which provided the core of the flavour overpowering the Thai spices.

Whilst we were there only 1 other table of diners came an went but there was a steady stream of takeaway customers. We were kept waiting for about an hour for our starters, although the main course came faily swiftly after that. I can only assume the delay was due to the chef pioritising takeaway customers. They threw in another small plate of prawn crackers for the delay. The whole bill came to over GBP40 for 2 and we didn't drink alcohol (it was soon after a heavy NY Eve so we were off the booze!), which I thought was quite high.

As others have mentioned I would go to The Thailand in New Cross down towards Goldsmiths College. They charge GBP3.95 for 2 courses if you order before 7pm. 2 of us went there the other night and the full bill came to GBP19.95 and we were pleasantly satiated.

The Thailand also has downstairs area which they let me have for free with karaoke for my birthday in Dec 06. They only asked that I bring over 20 people and order food and drinks which we did and had a great time. The staff at The Thailand have always been lovely and the food impressive - especially for the price.

I doubt we'll go back to Just thai Thai...

Anonymous said...

I live close to JTT (St Margarets Rd) and have eaten there half a dozen times, and had a similar number of take-aways. I agree the damp smell was DREADFUL for a while, but it seems to have been dealt with now.

On the plus side, I have always found the food to be good (I tend to get beef Massaman or green chicken curry), though a little pricey for take-aways (takes-away?) I generally go in and order a take-away on a whim, go home after ordering and come back 15 minutes (or however long they tell me) later, and still end up waiting another 10-15 minutes, which is annoying - and it doesn't seem to occur to them that this might be an inconvenience.

There are too many people in there who don't speak enough English to avoid communications problems. They are smiley and friendly, but they do make mistakes because of the language barrier.

To finish on a positive note, I quite like the ambience in there, and have taken visiting friends there and had a very nice meal, with perfectly adequate service, at a reasonable eat-in price.

I really wish them success, because of the paucity of choice of restaurants in Brockley, but sadly I can see where a lot of the previous comments are coming from... maybe they will read them and do something about it...

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sassyvelvet said...

We ate there once, and once only. I pre-ordered food for collection on Friday night. I was told the food would be ready in 30 minutes. I duly set off 30 minutes after making my order and was told the food was not ready. I ended up waiting 1 HOUR, so in total 1.5 hours wait, for my food and was given no apology.

To add insult to injury when I arrived home, I noticed a foul smelling odor coming from the two large boiled rice’s I had ordered. When I opened them it was plain to see that the rice was creamy and off colour and had DEFINATELY GONE OFF!. I drove back to the restaurant to complain, I was offered to have a new batch of white rice made up on the spot, (I declined) The women manager mumbled a weak response, gave me back the money for the rice, and then tried to move me out of the door before her other customers heard me complaining. GIVE THIS A MISS.

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